Pentecost; The End of My Series This seemed like the best place to end the Learning Under Jesus series. The disciples are empowered, becoming apostles and continue Jesus' ministry. Something that continues to this day.
Jesus was gone, the Spirit was coming, but what were the Apostles to do until then? There was still the matter of replacing the turncoat, Judas Iscariot. But who was qualified?
One day, after spending about 40 days with Jesus, we were eating with him. While he was eating with us, he gave us this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." Matthew asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
One evening, after we arrived back in Capernaum, Peter was looking out the window. He abruptly stood up. We looked at him with unspoken questions. "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told us. Six of us decided to go with him. Peter led the way with James and John following...naturally since they were fishermen. Thomas, Nathaniel, myself, and Bartholomew at the end. We fished all night by torch, slightly hindered by only having one boat instead of two for a dragnet. We rowed in early in the morning. James spotted someone on the shore by a fire. The stranger called out to us, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"